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What languages do you know/study

Postby lotwell » Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:13 pm

What languages do you know/study?

I took 1 semester of classical Tibetan and have recently picked it up again. I've started studying Chinese (Mandarin). I also speak Czech and some Spanish.

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Re: What languages do you know/study

Postby ronnewmexico » Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:29 pm

I claim to know one language...english...

Much to my consternation, many dispute that claim :crying: It is so sad.
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Re: What languages do you know/study

Postby Dave The Seeker » Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:54 pm

I also "claim" to know English :lol:

But am starting to study Mandarin as well.

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Re: What languages do you know/study

Postby kirtu » Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:10 am

German, English and I just started learning Classical Tibetan in earnest.

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Re: What languages do you know/study

Postby rory » Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:34 am

English, French, Italian, Russian (bit rusty though), working on Latin & after 1 year of Japanese, picking that up again & maybe Mandarin. If I'd stuck to Japanese I'd be fluent now, arg. Keep at it.
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Re: What languages do you know/study

Postby Pero » Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:20 pm

Slovenian, English, Serbo-Croatian. Slowly (very) studying Classical Tibetan.
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Re: What languages do you know/study

Postby Clarence » Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:35 pm

English, German, little French, Dutch, studied Literary Tibetan for a couple years in Uni as well as Hindi and a semester of Sanskrit and even a semester of Tamil (beautiful script, so much more flowing than devanagari). I also learned to read U-mad script. That was cool. Couldn't do that anymore though. It is amazing how fast we lose our abilities when we don't use them. Of course, we can also get them back pretty fast. I can still read Devanagari script though I won't know what it says. With a dictionary, I can translate a little Tibetan. My colloquial Tibetan sucked as I have trouble learning by ear. Visual learning is much easier to me.
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Re: What languages do you know/study

Postby PadmaVonSamba » Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:29 pm

My native language is English, but I speak very poor Mandarin fluently.
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Re: What languages do you know/study

Postby Tenzin1 » Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:34 pm

I had a dab of classical Tibetan, and spoken Tibetan. Mostly European languages: Russian, Spanish, French, Norwegian, Serbo-Croatian, German (rusty on the last 3). Mandarin, but I always forget the script soon after I learn it. I'm not visual, I'm aural, and learn through my ears. Mandarin's good with Tibetan, though. I notice a lot of Chinese words and phrases in Tibetan. The Tibetan grammar, though, comes from the Altaic languages, so some background in Turkic or Mongol can be helpful there. The Sinitic/Altaic split in Tibetan language is fascinating, similar to the Nomad (Altaic) and sedentary (Sinitic) divide in the people themselves.
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Re: What languages do you know/study

Postby Kaji » Tue Aug 28, 2012 11:18 am

I know English and Chinese. With Chinese I can speak Mandarin and Cantonese, with the latter my native dialect.

My readings in Buddhism are almost exclusively Chinese, so I may struggle with writing Buddhist terminology in English.

Even being able to read and write in modern Chinese, I have not had formal education in classical Chinese. Therefore reading certain sutra in Chinese, particularly those written in really old Chinese, may not be always be straightforward for me. However, they are still easier than reading classical texts in Confucianism, Taoism and the I-Ching.
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Re: What languages do you know/study

Postby Tenzin1 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:07 am

Fluent in Russian, Spanish, Romanian. A bit rusty, but able to do research in French, German, Serbo-Croatian. Conversant in Norwegian. I studied 3 years of Mandarin, and am considering reviving that, in part to be able to read Buddhist texts in Chinese. I've also taught elementary university courses in Navajo. Studied spoken and literary Tibetan for a semester, but that was long ago. Am considering buying a Tibetan textbook w/CD package (available from Snow Lion) to get back into Tibetan.
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What languages do you know/study

Postby GrahamR » Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:03 pm

Mother language is English
I was quite good at Turkish
Some French
Bits and bobs in various other.

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Re: What languages do you know/study

Postby Finnjames » Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:08 pm

English is my mother tongue.
We speak Finnish at home.
Better at understanding than speaking German and French.
Fair knowledge of Papua New Guinea Tokpisin.

As for "Buddhist languages":
a year of Chinese at university almost did me in.
learning Pali is a perpetual summer project. Someday I hope to make it past lesson 3.
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Re: What languages do you know/study

Postby Seishin » Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:51 am

English is my first language. I speak some Filipino, not fluent yet. I understand a little Illocano but would really like to learn Japanese at some point.

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Re: What languages do you know/study

Postby ocean_waves » Thu Jan 17, 2013 6:44 am

English is my mother language. I am currently learning to speak Hangug-ui [Korean].
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